Revised Trail Ratings

You will find that this year the Chile Challenge trail rating numbers have been changed from previous years. 

We used to rate trails from 1 - 12. Now we rate them 1-10. The trails haven't gotten easier. The numbering scale is harder. 

We did this to make our trail ratings more consistent with ratings given for other similar events, particularly the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab and the Winter 4x4 Jamboree in Hurricane UT. 

Overland Trails

Trail Rating 1

 County dirt road maintained for higher clearance vehicles; Generally suitable for 2WD vehicles but 4WD required in adverse conditions. 

Trail Rating 2

 County dirt road with infrequent or light maintenance after inclement weather. Steps up to 6 inches.

Trail Rating 3

 

County road seldom maintained, with dirt, sand & rock surfaces. No steps higher than 12”. 

Overland Trails Required Vehicle Equipment

For the Required Vehicle Equipment for Overland Trails, Please read carefully all the information provided on the Vehicle Equipment page of this website.

Moderate Trails

Trail Rating 4

Road surface consisting of loose rock & dirt with some fixed rock surfaces. Heavy erosions, rock steps no higher than 18" & small boulders up to 12".

Trail Rating 5

Road surfaces are rutted & rocky with ledges or boulders not exceeding 24”. 

Driver's skill becomes more important as good vehicle approach & departure angles helpful.

Moderate Trails Required Vehicle Equipment

For the Required Vehicle Equipment for Moderate Trails, Please read carefully all the information provided on the Vehicle Equipment page of this website.

Hard Trails

Trail Rating 6

 

Roads are difficult with considerable erosion: Steps not exceeding 36”.  


Trail Rating 7

 

Trail consists of loose rock with many ledges & boulders exceeding 24” & many steps exceeding 48”. Steep inclines & declines are prevalent.

Hard Trails Required Vehicle Equipment

For the Required Vehicle Equipment for Hard Trails, Please read carefully all the information provided on the Vehicle Equipment page of this website.

Extreme Trails

Trail Rating 8

Extreme trail similar to a #7 rating, except a bit more extreme.  Trail consists of loose rock with many ledges & boulders exceeding 36”. Steep off camber inclines & declines are prevalent. 

Trail Rating 9

Extreme & Beyond: The average well equipped trail rig may have great difficulty in completing a trail of this rating!!  Steps exceeding 60". Steep inclines & declines with off-camber sections are prevalent. Vehicle mechanical or body damage is likely. Roll over is very common.

Trail Rating 10

Let the carnage begin! Buggy territory. Street driven 4X4’s will NOT be permitted on trails of this rating. Modified factory vehicles will NOT be permitted on trails of this rating.  Vehicle requirements & recommendations same as #9.  

Extreme Trails Required Vehicle Equipment

For the Required Vehicle Equipment for Extreme Trails, Please read carefully all the information provided on the Vehicle Equipment page of this website.

Notice to All Chile Challenge Participants

Every Chile Challenge trail is rated from 1 (easiest) to 10 (most difficult). These ratings are based upon dry road conditions. Inclement weather can increase ratings on all trails by one or two points. Numerically higher-rated trails are more likely to result in vehicle damage. Please remember, every vehicle is subject to inspection prior to final registration. This inspection will determine the vehicles capability to manage a certain trail rating.